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Summer ski camp recommendations

post #1 of 17
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My daughter went to ski camp at Mt. Hood last summer and loved it. It's now time to start thinking about this summer, so I was hoping to hear from parents/racers about their summer ski camp experiences. How is Whistler; any particular camp stonger in one event than another; lodging quality; afternoon activities; etc.?
Thanks!
post #2 of 17
Whistler has an incredible village (shopping, eating, apres ski activities...) that is going full steam in the summer.

I prefer Michel Pratte's camps, as do several of our junior parents. He's got a way of explaining things that gets results quickly (maybe it's the French Canadian accent), and he has an excellent coaching staff. I'm doing a three day clinic with him in a couple weeks, and I can't wait.
post #3 of 17
How does trainning with the Austrian National team (and others) sound?

www.wanakaski.com

Best experience in my life, PM me for more information, pictures and such...
post #4 of 17
Considering that the town of Govy isn't much more than a glorified truck stop, Whistler has hands down better lodging, food, afternoon activities, and just a ton more variety and action in general.

On snow, Whistler has a bigger freestyle scene whereas Hood is a tad more dominant toward racers. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any specific race camps at Whistler.
post #5 of 17
Whistler Ski Team has summer racing camps that are well-coached and know the local scene. They also have access to a lot of the local dryland facilities that other camps don't usually access (e.g. gyms, etc.).
post #6 of 17
I'm also very interested in summer or spring camps. Anyone have any recomendations and or links? I'd like a moguls camp but others would help I'm sure.
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post #7 of 17
Here's a simple format of info we distribute to our J5 to J1 team:

GMVS camps - See the junior development section. Camps in Europe & Hood.
http://www.gmvs.org

Stowe dryland camp
http://www.roundhearth.com/home.asp

Skate-to-race - in-line skating for ski racing simulation, plus dryland training at Springfield College in MA
http://www.skatetoski.com

Eliteam Conditioning Camps - junior conditioning camp at GMVS
http://www.eliteam.com/

Sports Club International Camps - good junior camp @ Whistler in Summer, Copper during Thanksgiving.
http://www.sportsclubint.com/

BBTS (Waterville Valley, NH) Dryland Camp - junior dryland camp
http://www.wvbbts.org/camps.html
post #8 of 17
Good Race Camps at Mt Hood

Both of these camps have been well liked by Racers that I coached. If your athlete needs work on the basics send them to the Tichys, if they are technically sound and want to get gate miles send them to PV Alpine. Food is really good at Tichys!!

http://www.tichyracing.com/

http://www.pvalpine.com/


Whistler
Our team had Camps at Whistler 1 summer and our head coach didn't like the lanes and the trip up to the snow. The trip consists of a gondola ride, followed by a than a to the 7th heaven chair. He thought that took too long.

Also the fact that Whistler is such a big party/shopping/hangout destination is a distraction to the kids.
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Originally Posted by NordtheBarbarian View Post
Whistler
Our team had Camps at Whistler 1 summer and our head coach didn't like the lanes and the trip up to the snow. The trip consists of a gondola ride, followed by a than a to the 7th heaven chair. He thought that took too long.

Also the fact that Whistler is such a big party/shopping/hangout destination is a distraction to the kids.
The lane setup for most the the racers did seem rather odd. Though starting from Govy, the trip up to the glacier/snowfield is pretty comparable to that from the Whistler Village. Looking back, hanging out in the village and lakes after skiing was one of the most memorable parts of Whistler in the summer. I never considered it a detriment.

Besides, what do the kids do after skiing at Hood? They hang around town playing video games, drinking milk shakes, and there are always those few out trying to find somebody to buy them beer. Most of the kids aren't thinking about skiing once they get off the mountain. I sure as hell never did.
post #11 of 17
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The lane setup for most the the racers did seem rather odd. Though starting from Govy, the trip up to the glacier/snowfield is pretty comparable to that from the Whistler Village. Looking back, hanging out in the village and lakes after skiing was one of the most memorable parts of Whistler in the summer. I never considered it a detriment.

Besides, what do the kids do after skiing at Hood? They hang around town playing video games, drinking milk shakes, and there are always those few out trying to find somebody to buy them beer. Most of the kids aren't thinking about skiing once they get off the mountain. I sure as hell never did.
Whistler and the surrounding area is awesome. I just know how I was as a kid.
Too much temptation for (unsupervised) kids. Beer, parties, BC Bud.

Every time I'm at Government Camp in the summer I see way too many unsupervised kids. Govy really kind of sucks as far as things to do around town. Those kids should be out Mountain biking, hiking, climbing or anything else than hanging around Govy. I would much rather be in Whistler or Red Lodge myself. Too bad Red Lodge doesn't have enough snow this year

http://rlissc.com/index.html

http://rlissc.com/pics.html

http://www.montanapictures.net/red_l...r_ski_camp.htm
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by NordtheBarbarian View Post
Whistler and the surrounding area is awesome. I just know how I was as a kid.
Too much temptation for (unsupervised) kids. Beer, parties, BC Bud.

Every time I'm at Government Camp in the summer I see way too many unsupervised kids. Govy really kind of sucks as far as things to do around town. Those kids should be out Mountain biking, hiking, climbing or anything else than hanging around Govy. I would much rather be in Whistler or Red Lodge myself. Too bad Red Lodge doesn't have enough snow this year
At Hood National Alpine is good for those very reasons. They stay over at Cooper Spur away from Govy and after lunch are going full blast with MTB, rock climbing, wind or kite boarding etc. After dinner tuning workshops, boot/stance work, video analysis etc. No time or access to other than full tilt activity. That is the way it should be.

They also seem to get the best lanes and do the best job salting.

- Fossil
post #13 of 17

US Elite !!!

My racer has been to Hood each of the last 3 summers, the last two with US Elite Camps. I cannot say enough about the the directors, the coaches, and the overall experience (I have less than positive reviews of his first camp and his experience, but I won't go into that - I haven't seen it mentioned here)

First on the lift, last off the hill most days. Video analysis (a CD-Rom) arrives at your home a few months after camp, with all of the video shot of your racer. Great coaches roster, *GREAT* supervised off-snow activities, AND they are accredited with the American Camp Association - I believe they're the only ski camp with that accreditation.

http://www.us-elitecamps.com
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post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
Considered one of the larger camps. Their camp area is a short drive outside of Govy and has a more traditional summer camp feel than some of the others. This is in contrast with the smaller camps that setup at Mt. Hood Inn, which has the nicest accommodations in town.
post #17 of 17
Whistler was my son's hands down choice having been to Hood also.

As stated, there was always something to do. Additonally they had other things on "off days" like ropes sling courses and such.
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